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Mother says special-needs daughter sexually assaulted at East Chapel Hill High

Posted November 20, 2015

— A Chapel Hill woman said Friday that she wants two East Chapel Hill High School students prosecuted, alleging that they forced her 15-year-old daughter, a special needs student, to perform sex acts and recorded it on video.

Chapel Hill police said they are investigating the alleged incident, but declined to provide more details. A search warrant in the case has been sealed.

The mother, who is not being named to protect her daughter's identity, said she learned of the incident three weeks ago from a friend whose daughter had seen a video of the alleged assault.

"My daughter is getting taunted and teased. The video is going through Snapchat," she said, noting her daughter has since changed schools.

Her daughter was taken into a stairwell at East Chapel Hill High during the school day last month and was threatened and forced into performing sex acts, she said. The girl was too fearful to report it, she said.

"It's just heart-wrenching to know something like this could happen in the school system," the woman said.

Even more disturbing, she said, was the school's response once she notified them about the incident.

"When I talked to the vice principal, she said this wasn't the first video and this probably wouldn't be the last video, and everything would die down," she said. "That really concerned me."

A spokesman for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district said he isn't aware of any other videos showing sex acts.

The girl's mother said a cellphone has been confiscated from one of the boys, but the video continues to circulate on social media and has led to bullying at her daughter's new school.

"My daughter did not want this to happen," she said. "I just want justice for her and for her to be at peace at school."

She also wants to alert other parents.

"I'm just trying to get it out there," she said. "This does happen in schools, and it does need to be addressed, and it is a serious issue."


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  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 21, 2015
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    Why are "special needs" children, going to public schools? They are being placed in the very same situations, that they should be protected from. Children, all animal species, and some adults, prey on the weak. It is what we have done since the beginning of time. If the child is not protected at that place of learning, he/she should be removed and placed in an appropriate school. Further, the children who assaulted this gift of God, should be placed in prison.

  • Abby Scheer Nov 21, 2015
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    My heart goes out to this girl and her family. Thank you for coming forward; many more stay quiet and the root problem is not addressed. Unfortunately, the response from the school is no surprise to me. CHCCS needs to prioritize sensitivity training at all levels. Having administrators who actually care about the emotional well-being of students ahead of how they do on standardized tests would go a long way toward helping these kids grow up to be decent, well-adjusted human beings. They aren't going to learn to their full potential if they are emotional wrecks either, so focusing on sensitivity training would also help CHCCS on its achievement mission.

  • Teresa McClain Nov 21, 2015
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  • Miranda McCraw Nov 21, 2015
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    What kind of monster children bully a girl who has been sexually assaulted?! I can't even imagine what being a high schooler is like today. When I was that age we would have banded together to protect and comfort her. I hope she will be able to overcome this terrible event - I'm sending positive thoughts her way.

  • Roger Way Nov 21, 2015
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    Several crimes have been alleged here; not the least of which is forcible rape, assault, child pornography, and a school administrator who, if this proves true, has no business working in our schools. Paddling? I look forward to seeing these punks brought up on charges in civil and criminal courts.

  • David Herman Nov 21, 2015
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    This is Chapel Hill folks. They long ago abandoned any common sense. This is the most hateful city in our state. These schools are run by the most liberally extreme people in our country. If you send your kids there you should have your head examined.

  • David Craft Nov 21, 2015
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    This is nothing less than sexual assault (if the story is proven true; which, I would have a hard time believeing anyone would make something like this up) Those boys need to pay a heavy price for abusing someone like this...Pathetic is what I call it....

  • Tom Laurence Nov 20, 2015
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    No, Responsible discipline is not assault. My parents whipped me responsibly (not a beating, or assault), and I turned out, lime all of my friends and former classmates who got the same punishment - to be law abiding citizens. That, sir, is a fact. You can whip a child and not assault them - but sounds like you don't think so, and that's your opinion. Take care.

  • Mg Daniel Nov 20, 2015
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    So, Tom, you would want to use one form of assault to punish another? What does that teach our kids?

  • Tom Laurence Nov 20, 2015
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    You got it, friend! You hit the nail on the head!!